These steps can help reduce stress when caring for your loved one at home, especially with a loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer's.
1. BREATHE - Deep breathing is cleansing for the brain.
2. ACCEPT - Your family member is experiencing loss of many kinds - loss of memory ability and loss of comprehension.
3. PLAN - You must have an agenda. If your loved one doesn't understand why you are doing something, they may be experiencing memory loss.
4. PERSPECTIVE - Caregivers need to see things from their loved one's perspective. The changes your loved one is going through are frustrating and confusing
5. PARTNER - Look at your loved one as your partner in their care
6. VISUALS - Breakdowns in communication due to dementia or alzheimer's can be remedied with using visuals to show what you are saying
7. RESPITE - If you get to the point where you do not like your loved one, it's time to take some respite.